After a humiliating defeat against India, England will hope to bounce back when they lock horns against South Africa in a three-match ODI series. The first of the three ODIs will take place on Tuesday (July 19) at the Riverside Ground in Durham. This will be all-rounder Ben Stokes‘ last ODI game after he announced his retirement earlier today.
England have played relentless cricket in the last few days, which is likely to take a toll on the body of the players. However, Jos Buttler and Co. will hope to shrug off their defeats and come all guns blazing against South Africa. However, it will be a tough job for Buttler and head coach Matthew Motts to fill the void created by Stokes’ retirement.
South Africa, on the other hand, will be led by Keshav Maharaj in the absence of Temba Bavuma. With no Super League points up for grabs in this series, the Proteas have rested their star fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. South African batters will have to step up to the tasks against a star-studded England bowling attack, despite the absence of Jofra Archer Mark Wood among others.
1st ODI – England (ENG) vs South Africa (SA)
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
Date & Time: 19th July at 5:30 PM IST and 1:00 PM Local Time
The fast bowlers are likely to get rewards if they pitch the ball in the right areas with the average score being around 230. The team winning the toss will look to bowl first on this wicket.
Predicted Playing XI
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Craig Overton/Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
South Africa (SA): Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj (c), Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje
ENG vs SA – Predicted Playing XI
Fantasy Team Suggestion 1: Jos Buttler, Quinton de Kock (C), David Miller (VC), Jason Roy, Rassie van der Dussen, Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Keshav Maharaj, Reece Topley, Marco Jansen
Fantasy Team Suggestion 2: Jos Buttler (C), Heinrich Klaasen, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Dwaine Pretorius (VC), Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Anrich Nortje